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Blade & Soul: Friends & Family Beta In Progress for English Version

BillMurphyBillMurphy Former Managing EditorMember LegendaryPosts: 4,563

Over at Reddit, in the same thread that apparently verifies WildStar is going Free to Play, a Carbine Studios employee let the cat out of the bag that Blade & Soul is still coming to the West, and that it's already in Friends & Family beta testing internally.

See this link for the post.

Unless you count QA, which actually is not even a part of Carbine but NC Interactive now, we have some tester that are working on Blade and Soul, which is now in Friends and Family beta by the way, and a handful of Lineage and Aion testers to go along with the web and platform testers, however several of them are leaving in the next couple of weeks as well since QA is a terrible, terrible job here at Carbine/NCI nowadays.

It's hardly an official announcement, but we've reached out to NCSoft for confirmation.  Hopefully we know more in the coming days and weeks.

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  • KumaponKumapon Member RarePosts: 1,288

    You will probably hear nothing from NCsoft till E3. That said, the mysterious poster on Reddit has been shadowbanned (that's banned by the Reddit Admins for those of you not familiar with the site's lingo) so that may throw some doubt on what he said.

  • AlbatroesAlbatroes Member LegendaryPosts: 6,869
    Finally they do what they should've did before Wildstar.....
  • ZenIrishChaiZenIrishChai Member UncommonPosts: 527
    I really hope it's true. The little bit I played of a fan-translated client was really fun. It lacked translation in some important areas though and got hard to play without it after awhile. NCSoft has my sub in the bag for this one.
  • dadante666dadante666 Member UncommonPosts: 402
    lol they are gonan release soon a game already  out like 4-5 years ago ;/

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  • RoinRoin Member RarePosts: 3,376
    Very late to party if true. Most of the people that were/are interested in the game. Are playing other versions are either A) playing Chinese client with English patch or B) playing Russian client in full English. Not going to be easy to get them to give up their characters to start over, on something that should have been released here a long time ago.
     

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  • ShadanwolfShadanwolf Member UncommonPosts: 2,377
    At least on this site we won't get banned for discussing Wildstar going ftp.
  • KumaponKumapon Member RarePosts: 1,288


    Originally posted by dadante666
    lol they are gonan release soon a game already  out like 4-5 years ago ;/

    You know what they say, "Better late than never!"...:P

  • soltysplsoltyspl Member UncommonPosts: 58

    3 years too late

     

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  • MikehaMikeha Member EpicPosts: 9,010
    If it does get announced as coming to the west it will be the #1 mmo people will be waiting to play.
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  • kitaradkitarad Member EpicPosts: 5,334

    If I were a Korean developer and publisher I'd worry about bringing a game like this to the Western market especially the US. Did they not have to put pants on the Elin in Tera. There were also protest and petitions about the Elin. There is a lot of negative press and also associations to the art style and depictions in their games. 

     

    I am not surprised that they may have waited and while we complain about how slow a game from Korea is in coming to the West yet players in Korea often deal with similar issues with games from the West but thankfully most of their schools teach English.

     

    I read some resentment at the delay but perhaps you should educate your fellow gamers to be less judgmental and less inclined to start petitions about perceived impressions of their art.

  • Leon1eLeon1e Member UncommonPosts: 791
    At least it will have polished launch. Unlike so many MMOs before it here in the West. 
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  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Former Managing EditorMember LegendaryPosts: 4,563
    Even if it's late, it's still one of the prettiest games on the market, so at least it won't look dated. :)

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  • hockeyplayrhockeyplayr Member UncommonPosts: 604
    I'd play as soon as its released. late or not it looks fun. 
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  • senseirainsenseirain Member Posts: 2
    Yeah! Release it with Complete characters(Warlock) +lv 50 cuz its way too late,...
  • TiamatRoarTiamatRoar Member RarePosts: 1,515
    Originally posted by kitarad

    If I were a Korean developer and publisher I'd worry about bringing a game like this to the Western market especially the US. Did they not have to put pants on the Elin in Tera. There were also protest and petitions about the Elin. There is a lot of negative press and also associations to the art style and depictions in their games. 

     

    I am not surprised that they may have waited and while we complain about how slow a game from Korea is in coming to the West yet players in Korea often deal with similar issues with games from the West but thankfully most of their schools teach English.

     

    I read some resentment at the delay but perhaps you should educate your fellow gamers to be less judgmental and less inclined to start petitions about perceived impressions of their art.

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  • KajidourdenKajidourden Member EpicPosts: 2,940
    Originally posted by Roin
    Very late to party if true. Most of the people that were/are interested in the game. Are playing other versions are either A) playing Chinese client with English patch or B) playing Russian client in full English. Not going to be easy to get them to give up their characters to start over, on something that should have been released here a long time ago.
     

     

    I don't know how so many people do this.  It has to run like complete shit.

  • koira1koira1 Member UncommonPosts: 264
    Originally posted by Kajidourden
    Originally posted by Roin
    Very late to party if true. Most of the people that were/are interested in the game. Are playing other versions are either A) playing Chinese client with English patch or B) playing Russian client in full English. Not going to be easy to get them to give up their characters to start over, on something that should have been released here a long time ago.
     

     

    I don't know how so many people do this.  It has to run like complete shit.

    I play the chinese version, with english translation in it. other than high ping sometimes (most of the time i got good ping), it plays quite nicely, havent ran into any bugs yet either so they are doing quite good job at it. the world is rather nice, moves look wicked and so forth..

    But NCSoft is soo slow translating this even the modders are doing way better work at it.. and the modders translations are getting improved all the time.. (depending wich one you use ofc..)

  • KajidourdenKajidourden Member EpicPosts: 2,940
    Originally posted by koira1
    Originally posted by Kajidourden
    Originally posted by Roin
    Very late to party if true. Most of the people that were/are interested in the game. Are playing other versions are either A) playing Chinese client with English patch or B) playing Russian client in full English. Not going to be easy to get them to give up their characters to start over, on something that should have been released here a long time ago.
     

     

    I don't know how so many people do this.  It has to run like complete shit.

    I play the chinese version, with english translation in it. other than high ping sometimes (most of the time i got good ping), it plays quite nicely, havent ran into any bugs yet either so they are doing quite good job at it. the world is rather nice, moves look wicked and so forth..

    But NCSoft is soo slow translating this even the modders are doing way better work at it.. and the modders translations are getting improved all the time.. (depending wich one you use ofc..)

    My assumption is that the lag would be immense.  Perhaps that's not the case though.

  • FdzzaiglFdzzaigl Member UncommonPosts: 2,433

    It was the same thing with Aion really (though perhaps slightly less slow): modders had translated it long before the actual "localization".

    Makes you wonder why those companies don't just ask the community to do it for them up front. Would be done in a few months tops.

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  • vladko92vladko92 Member UncommonPosts: 42
    NCSoft have failed about this game, they should have done the same thing which Dragon's Prophet did, they released the English and Russian client together with their Korean Client... and the game was caught right away... and got a lot of players because it was freshly baked... the only thing which took awhile was the official release which was a month or so later after the Korean and that was for USA, while for Europe Dragon's Prophet came out a week later after Korea... so yea.. NCSoft did failed big time here... they should start working in the same way as the Dragon's Prophet developers... and start releasing the games together with their Korean release... 
  • CnameCname Member UncommonPosts: 211
    Originally posted by vladko92
    NCSoft have failed about this game, they should have done the same thing which Dragon's Prophet did, they released the English and Russian client together with their Korean Client... and the game was caught right away... and got a lot of players because it was freshly baked... the only thing which took awhile was the official release which was a month or so later after the Korean and that was for USA, while for Europe Dragon's Prophet came out a week later after Korea... so yea.. NCSoft did failed big time here... they should start working in the same way as the Dragon's Prophet developers... and start releasing the games together with their Korean release... 

    Unless you are thinking of a different game, Dragon Prophet is not a Korean but Chinese game.

    Also, a factor for quicker localization for Dragon Prophet is due to its developer Runewaker having a higher ratio of people working who are proficient in English (and Japanese) than the typical Eastern MMORPG developer.

    Even most localization of Eastern MMORPG from one language (eg Archeage, Blade and Soul from Korea) to another (Chinese) required considerable effort from both the developer and the local publisher working together.

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  • Azaron_NightbladeAzaron_Nightblade Member EpicPosts: 4,791

    Wildstar going F2P seems like a very real possibility at this point. My guess would be around the holiday season, or maybe even sooner. Judging by the numbers that game's either getting shutdown in 2016, or changes its payment model.

    B&S... hard to tell about that one. NCSoft's very tight-lipped about it, and I don't really seem them responding to the confirmation request either.

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  • ShaighShaigh Member RarePosts: 2,021

    @BillMurphy If reddit mods ban his account within hours of making a post its the opposite of reddit mods verifying that he works at carbine.

     

    Thanks for trolling me to open up my B&S fansite account for first time in a year.

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